“Ed Sheeran commits to looking like a schlub next to couture-clad Beyonce” links


Ed Sheeran doesn’t have an explanation for why he dresses like a schlub on stage while Beyonce performs in couture. [Jezebel]
A fourth accuser has come for Neil deGrasse Tyson. [Pajiba]
OG Candyman trusts Jordan Peele to reboot the film. [OMG Blog]
PETA declares: real feminists don’t eat eggs?? [Dlisted]
Best Actor positioning at the Hollywood Reporter roundtable. [LaineyGossip]
Lupita Nyong’o looked amazingin Gaultier. [Tom & Lorenzo]
Chanel is super-committed to making Margot Robbie look wide. [Red Carpet Fashion Awards]
Santa dances to pop songs. [Seriously OMG]
Leonardo DiCaprio is still an Art Basel regular. [Just Jared]

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53 Responses to ““Ed Sheeran commits to looking like a schlub next to couture-clad Beyonce” links”

  1. Sigh... says:

    She’s consistently extra.
    He’s consistently…yeah.
    Sunrise, sunset…

    • Athyrmose says:

      Her ‘extra,’ is not the issue here.

    • Nanny to the rescue says:

      Yeah, she’s over the top as usual, he’s under the top as usual.

      Dunno why that would be disrespectful from either side. And expecting one to change their style because they are in the presence of the other is ridiculous. You can worship one or the other but at the end of things, they’re both just two successful musicians and nothing more.

      • otaku fairy says:

        I like the cosplay aspect of Beyoncé and other female artists and don’t find it over the top, but agree with the rest of your point: “Expecting one to change their style because they are in the presence of the other is ridiculous.”

        If only this logic also applied to situations where a woman wanted to wear something immodest while the less famous and less-fashion-adjacent men around her just wanted to wear shirts and pants. It’s interesting that people don’t feel that Ed Sheeran should have to change his style in the presence of Beyoncé, but had all kinds of hymensplaining Hot Takes on Feminism and felt Jennifer Lawrence was betraying our sex by defending her decision not to dress modestly in the presence of men for a photo shoot. Equality doesn’t have to be sameness all the time.

  2. SlightlyAnonny says:

    The confidence of mediocre white men….

    • Honey bear says:

      Yep. Must be because he is white and male.

      Clearly, you don’t pay attention to this genre of music. I would never expect someone like Julien Baker to dress in couture or ridiculous popstar costumes because it is about the music and not about the flash and image. Beyonce is selling herself as a pop star “performer”. Ed is a singer-songwriter that writes and creates his own music. The focus is basically on the music and music alone. THAT is why he dresses how he pleased and this is the case for 90% of the singers that I listen to.

      • eto says:

        LOL ed sheeran is not a better songwriter than Beyonce because he’s not a “pop star performer”. I think there’s a time and place for costumery, over the top imagery, etc. and this is it. Ed doesn’t think so, so he dressed as he usually does.

        We could talk about expectations for women and WHY it’s such a common occurrence for women to be dressed to the nines and their accompanying dates are wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

        But it really seems like you want to shit on Beyonce in favor of Ed with some “real artist” contest.

      • MoGrianach says:

        While not really my taste in music, I like Beyoncé and do have a lot of her stuff on my workout/dance playlists and I think she’s a brilliant performer and has also used her fame to highlight important issues which she seems to back up with her own wallet in a very quiet private way. That said you really can’t call someone a songwriter when the writing credits on each of their songs is several names long.

      • Olive says:

        @honeybear hmm, you mean the matching embroidered jackets featuring the themes from the record that all 3 women (including julien baker) are wearing every date on the boy genius tour and in all promo photos aren’t about the image? get real, even indie artists HAVE to care about their image as well as the music. it’s marketing.

    • Aoife says:

      Somehow I get the feeling that you would add the word mediocre before reference to any white man, no matter who…

    • SlightlyAnonny says:

      He plagiarized “Let’s Get it On” in his mediocre song “Thinking Out Loud”
      He plagiarized “No Scrubs” in his mediocre song “Shape of You”
      He plagiarized “Amazing” in his mediocre song “Photographs”

      He is white, male, mediocre, and extremely confident.

      Again, where is the lie?

    • Kat says:

      Oh please, I’m a black woman and calling out his race and gender for this occasion is such rubbish. He dressed to his brand and she dressed to hers. As they both always do.

  3. eto says:

    Ugh I saw a pic of Beyonce and Jay Z performing and he was wearing Dapper Dan which I LOVE. Dapper Dan is getting so much love from black celebs and I’m here for him getting his coins & his dues.

  4. Nichole says:

    I have nothing to really back this up, but I get such a skeezy feeling from Ed Sheeran. I don’t get those feelings often (and in fact, most social cues are oblivious to me), so it really stands out that I feel anything, yet alone such repulsion.

  5. Fubar says:

    She does her. He does him. They are both comfortable . So what do I care?

  6. hezzer19 says:

    “A fourth accuser has come for Neil deGrasse Tyson.”

    I know the pain of losing another hero doesn’t come close to the pain the women he assaulted are going through, but it still really hurts.

  7. Elisa says:

    meh, that’s his style – he always performs dressed like this…

  8. Mox says:

    Don’t make celebs into heroes. When they fall it won’t hurt you.

    Ed, you are singing with a living legend. Beyoncé is extra but Ed is being lazy. Be yourself doesn’t apply in this situation.At least put on a nice button down and some slacks. It takes literally nothing for a man to do so. Just make an ounce of effort. You won’t regret it. You will regret looking like a slob.

    • Thirsty Hirsty says:

      Well said, Mox. Exactly right. Time and place. slacks vs jeans. Proper shirt vs Tshirt would have made all the difference, and even showed a wee bit of class. Maybe he has none? I do not follow him or his work as he’s a much younger demographic than I am, but agree w/you re appearance. Regret is an interesting one, because one cannot really change what is in the past. We can but learn from it…and I hope Ed does! Well said, again, Mox.

  9. Bex says:

    Isn’t this more about the different expectations of how female and male performers should dress?

    • Pia says:

      Yes. This reminds me of that picture about Selena Gomez making the effort and dressing up nicely for a photocall, while her male co-stars Kevin James and Adam Sandler decided to come to the photocall looking like they rolled out of bed. It’s just ridiculous. Men just are not expected to make the same effort. Well I guess they are not expected to make any effort. But apparently now it’s just “different styles”, when Ed is being criticized about it… No it isn’t. It’s laziness. Ed can still have is own style while trying to look like he actually respects the artist he is sharing the stage with. He doesn’t have to go full Beyonce, but he needs to step it up.

  10. Yes Doubtful says:

    She loves fashion, he does not. I don’t see the issue here.

  11. Nene says:

    They have different styles, why is this an issue? Hayley Williams also dresses casual while performing, to each their own

  12. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    This can totally be TL;DR and I get that Beyonce is in show business, but I remember another Native co-worker telling me how some non-Native co-workers were talking about how I was dressed going to a parent-teacher conference. She told me how she tried to explain that I had to be dressed-up (which she knew without me telling her why) to attend to be taken seriously or to even be considered a competent, engaged parent. I thought it was funny they thought to comment on that behind my back and I hope they learned something, but who knows? For sure there were White dads there in their sweats and now I can look back at myself as the Beyonce of the parent-teacher conferences. Ha ha, but for real.

  13. Veronica S. says:

    This is why I feel no guilt mocking his looks, to be honest. Cry cruelty all you want, but he has no problem exploiting his white male privilege and being successful without it depending on his looks, effort, or particularly notable talent. No woman or minority would get half as far with the same ethic. (Notice how much more attractive his partner is in the looks department, too. Don’t pretend he isn’t as shallow as the rest of us.)

    I’ll never forget getting told I was dressed inappropriately by a coworker because I had on a long, tunic length shirt and thick leggings on. Meanwhile, half the men there wore poorly fitted jeans.

  14. Tiffany says:

    He always looks like he pulled his clothes off the of the pile. He has done a ton of appearance and guest spots and no effort is made. He don’t have to roll up in a tux, but jeez, look like you tried for the people who invited you. I personally think he should not be invited anymore. He always struck me as selfish and this shows it. He ain’t roll and roll, he a douche.

  15. Ally S. says:

    Candyman is a legit good scary movie. I used to show it to my friends at sleepovers b/c it was so creepy. And has a fantastic score.

    I hope this reboot keeps the scares, but Tony Todd was the perfect Candyman idk how anyone can compete!

    But I’ll watch it anyway. Ha.

  16. SJhere says:

    How much are folks paying to see Ed in concert?
    Can’t he at minimum look clean and well dressed?
    Seriously. I enjoy live music and if it’s not head banging or a mud open air festival, I think the performer could dress in a nice button down shirt and dress slacks.
    If it’s a rock concert, I expect a rock glam outfit.
    Now, as for Beyonce..she is pretty well known for her over the top glamour outfits, no?
    I do think that pink dress was a bit too much tho.

    Whatever, I guess. As long as the sound/music is good quality..sing!

  17. Ickythump says:

    Omg do people seriously take offense to this?! This is what he always wears when he performs. I have seen him in concert twice and I don’t give a crap about the theatrics or what he wears I’m there to enjoy his talent (the loop pedal stuff is awesome). He would look ridiculous in a suit or with his hair a different style. I don’t think Beyoncé would have felt pressure to wear what she did. Look at what people like Halsey and Alessia Cara wear onstage, jeans and a T-shirt.

  18. papier-Sandals says:

    Talk about critique drift, good lord.

  19. Elizabeth Suzanne Phillips says:

    In the song, the girl thinks she looks a mess, the guy thinks she looks perfect in her dress, he doesn’t deserve her, and they’re dancing barefoot in the grass.

    Yes, Beyonce looks amazing in that dress. However, is there any possibility she could think she’s a mess? No. Can you picture her dancing barefoot in the grass in that getup? In fact, have you EVER seen her in the sort of outfit where she could conceivably dance barefoot in the grass? I have not. Therefore, Beyonce is overdressed for the song, and Ed is dressed appropriately for the song.

    Secondly, what is the audience wearing? I watched the video and I saw jeans, tshirts, sweatshirts, and a lot of baseball caps. I did not see one member of the audience in an evening gown or tuxedo, or even a nice dress or suit and tie. Therefore, Beyonce is overdressed for the venue, and Ed is dressed appropriately for the venue.

  20. KatV says:

    Meanwhile, in the real world, people lose their jobs, live trough wars, face everyday racism, lose their kids, starve. Who the h… cares what Ed wears on stage? I have to say, I had a little of my faith in humanity restored yesterday when it was revealed that one of the richest families in my country would donate 100 million euros as a start to children refugee camps. Maybe some good still exists.

  21. Vintage says:

    I don’t know why I’m surprised that some posters make Ed Sheeran’s sloppy appearance to be white male privilege.

    Could it simply be it’s part of his schtick just like Beyonce’s is OTT fashion?

  22. Lorelei says:

    I think both play perfectly into their public/stage persona. Beyonce always sold herself a performer who you go see for the elaborate show she puts on as well as the music, Sheeran never claimed something similar, he is just about the songs and the guitar. Neither approach is ‘better’ than the other, they just cater to different tastes IMO.

  23. xflare says:

    She wore what she wanted
    He wore what he wanted

    I guess she can go boil her own piss..

  24. bears says:

    If I knew I was going to be onstage, performing with another person at an event seen by many, many people – I’d at least wear something nice. Dress pants. A shirt with a collar, perhaps? No one’s expecting Ed Sheeran to pop out in a purple velvet suit but at least he could put on some clothes that don’t look like he picked them up off the floor next to the hamper in his mom’s basement. It does appear very disrespectful, not only to his fellow performer but to his fans and himself. And the fact that he’s white and male means he hasn’t really ever bothered to consider that because he’s never had to.

  25. Grace says:

    Ridiculous, he can wear what he wants and he does. The actual mess of some of the costumes beyonce etc wear and you all want to bitch about Ed? loooooool

  26. Janet says:

    It’s about the music not how he looks! He’s a singer not a performer. Beyonce is both. She wants that he doesn’t. Could we stop policing peoples clothing please.

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